The verb imagine means to form mental pictures or ideas in your head. It is widely used in the English language to build various phrases and expressions. Here are commonly used 10 expressions with “imagine”:

Hardly imagine

Meaning: difficult to imagine

For example:

  • People today can hardly imagine their lives without mobile phones.
  • You’re so lazy. I can hardly imagine you getting up at 5 o’clock every morning.

Easy/difficult to imagine

Meaning: if something is easy to imagine, it is realistic; however, if it is difficult to imagine, it means the opposite – unrealistic.

For example:

  • It is easy to imagine you two having a family. You’ve been together for a long time.
  •  It is difficult to imagine my life without my dog. It means so much to me.

Always imagine

Meaning: a belief or idea you have about something.

For example:

  • I’ve always imagined that India is a magnificent country.
  • Sara has always imagined herself being a teacher.

Be imagining things 

Meaning: to falsely believe.

For example:

  • Has someone just rung the bell, or am I imagining things?
  • At first, I thought I was imagining things but then I realised the man was talking to himself.

Real or imagined 

Meaning: whether something exists or not.

For example:

  • Whether our son’s daughter is real or imagined, we should try to contact her.
  • Difficulties, real or imagined, can be overcome by hard work.

Imagine that!

Meaning: used for emphasizing.

For example:

  • She won 10 million in a lottery. Can you imagine that!?
  • People might live on other planets one day. Imagine that!

You can’t imagine!

Meaning: used to express disbelief or disappointment.

For example:

  • You can’t imagine how boring the party was!
  • David couldn’t imagine loving anyone else the way he loved his wife.

Imagine my surprise

Meaning: use it to express surprise.

For example:

  • Imagine my surprise when I saw that article in the newspaper.
  • You can’t imagine his surprise when he found his parents alive and well after the war.

Naively imagine 

Meaning: have a wrong idea about something.

For example:

  • Peter naively imagined that preparing a five-course meal would be easy.
  • Simon naively imagined that everything would be as it used to be before he moved abroad.

Imaginary number

Maths: a number expressed in terms of the square root of a negative number.

By the way, don’t forget that the verb “imagine” is usually followed by the -ing form.

  • Can you imagine yourself living in another country? (not imagine to live)
 10 Expressions with "Imagine"
10 Expressions with “Imagine”

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